Heir Property Transfers

Heir Property Transfers

Texas has joined several other states by adopting the Uniform Partition of Heirs’ Property Act.  The Act makes title determinations easier and makes fair market value transfers available. Title Determinations Clearing title to real estate held by multiple heirs, often...

Non-Probate Accounts Pulled Into Probate

In some situations, joint accounts that are otherwise non-probate assets can be brought into the probate estate. The estate executor can recover the non-probate funds from the beneficiaries who received them and can also force financial institutions to provide...

“Strong Arm” Sale Ends Loncar Estate Battle

Brian Loncar died from a cocaine overdose at age 56 in December of 2016, two days after the funeral of his 16-year-old daughter, Grace. Mr. Loncar, a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney famous for his advertisements as “The Strong Arm,” was found dead at...
Undue Influence Found

Undue Influence Found

The Tyler Court of Appeals recently upheld an undue influence finding that denied the probate of a will. Case Facts: The testator was terminally ill with congestive heart failure and pneumonia, and the will was signed less than six weeks before the death. A...
Why Most Adults Need an Estate Plan

Why Most Adults Need an Estate Plan

A will or an estate plan is important for most individuals to have. But unfortunately, it is considered an afterthought for many people. Surprisingly, the majority of American adults do not have a will. If tragedy were to strike, this could create a variety of...
Probate Dispute News: Aretha Franklin’s Holographic Will

Probate Dispute News: Aretha Franklin’s Holographic Will

Aretha Franklin’s legendary singing career spanned five-plus decades. The “Queen of Soul” made the most appearances on the Billboard charts of any female performer ever. She died from pancreatic cancer in August of 2018 at age 76. 1. Probate Case It was initially...